The Science of Meditation: Behavioral Outcomes, Neural Substrates, and Inflammation
A review of neuroscience (structural and functional) and genetics research on meditation.
Here’s my slideshow for a presentation I gave on the science of mindfulness meditation in 2018. Below I’ve attached the audio from the presentation, but beware, the quality is poor and in the second half the audio gets quieter (so you’ll have to turn up the volume).
Nonetheless, if you play the audio while you go through the slideshow, it will help explain a lot.
Update 08/2019: It seems that mindfulness research has fallen prey to the replication crisis. There appears to be substantial publication bias. See here or here, for example. So, take everything said above with a slightly larger grain of salt.